John Grant seems to be currently working on a follow-up to his 2018 album Love is Magic, but recent events in the Capitol have provoked him to release a song called “The Only Baby”, which he wrote last summer but is a perfect response. He says:
“Hello all you Dear Ones,
“I’ve been so disturbed to see how things are progressing in the U.S. and the world, I wanted to share this song which I wrote and recorded last summer. Seems like a good time. I feel so much rage and yes, hatred towards the gaslighters, the bullies, the narcissists, the sociopaths and psychopaths, the Christian Fascist Right and of course T**** and all those who enable him and continue to do so all in the name of Jesus and/or Hitler. I know I have to figure out a way to stay calm and continue to resist the onslaught of lies without being dissolved from the inside out by my own rage and the hatred I feel towards these people who scream at the top of their lungs that we do not hear what we hear or see what we see.
“Yes, I’ve heard of Yoga, I’ll look into it.
“Much love, JG”
Across the near 10-minutes of “The Only Baby”, Grant’s usual acerbic wit is fully on display – it’s just a shame that the things he’s talking about are so dangerously true and happening in real life for us all to see. Each and every line in the track is a cutting and depressing reflection of what America has become under “that thing in the White House”. It’s cathartic to hear Grant casually tear into Trump, but also saddening, a melange of emotions perfectly supported by the seething slow-build of the instrumental around his pointed vocal on “The Only Baby”. Enjoy it below.